Is Tennessee building toward another spike in new COVID-19 infections?
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) -- Tennessee’s coronavirus metrics have trended largely in a positive direction in recent weeks, but that may now be changing.
Officials on Thursday reported 63 virus related deaths statewide. That’s a grim new single day record for Tennessee.
The number of new infections reported by the state each day is also up sharply.
The weekly average of new cases as reported this past Sunday stood at roughly 1200 new infections every 24 hours. Just four days later that average was up more than 540 cases per day.
All but one Nashville Metropolitan Area county has suffered a spike in new case counts over the past week. Metro Davidson County’s new infections are up 43 percent, Williamson County cases are up 24 percent, and Putnam County is up 18 percent.
Earlier this week Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson reacted to the new surge, pleading with residents “Don’t let this thing get away from us.” The Tennessean quoted Mayor Anderson saying "My plea for all of you is to continue to wash those hands, do the social distancing and wear masks."